One of the keys to managing back pain or neck pain is to actively engage in rehabilitation and exercise. Physical therapy helps place patients on the right track by exercising weak points and regaining strength that may have been lost. An exercise program should be tailored to the individual’s condition and pain level, and include a combination of  stretching, strengthening, and aerobic conditioning.

Many fusion patients are afraid to be active, fearing that they will risk having the fusion not set up properly. In actuality, movement is very important to foster healing.

Strengthening, stretching, and core-building exercises can reduce back pain by activating the muscles surrounding the spine and healing the spinal tissues.

With manual physical therapy, therapists use only their hands to reduce back muscle tension and restore mobility to stiff joints in an effort to allow the patient more natural movement and pain relief.

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